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New research based on 30 years of streamwater data points to the vital role of new plant growth in absorbing nutrients after forest disturbances. Scientists found that at the Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado, even though water and nutrient uptake ceases rapidly after beetles attack pine trees, streamwater nitrogen levels remained low in beetle-infested watersheds.
A new optimization technique could help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare, threatened and endangered species living in protected areas. As the human population grows and expands its footprint, maintaining the connectivity of animal habitats is a challenge. Habitat corridors are critical for keeping wildlife species connected across the landscape.
A new scientific synthesis “Mountain Pine Beetles: A Century of Knowledge, Control Attempts, and Impacts Central to the Black Hills” from the U.S. Forest Service showcases findings from 100 years of research on mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.
Exotic plant invaders are global threats to ecosystems and millions of dollars are spent each year to fight invasions. A new study shows that current treatment methods could inadvertently promote a second invasion by exotic plants instead of desired native plants and negatively impact ecosystem restoration.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service western Research Stations form a collaborative group, Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science, with a mission to address - and provide science-based solutions to - ongoing challenges in the conservation and restoration of western ecosystems.
The Journal of Forestry published a special issue that looks at the challenges facing wilderness agencies and the important role of wilderness science.
A new study, led by Dr. Daniel Isaak, offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change.
Dr. Russell Graham, a research forester with the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program, is a distinguished scientist recognized both nationally and internationally as a respected authority and leader in the broad field of silviculture in North America. Graham's career accomplishments over the past 45 years has earned him an "ST" graded position; a category awarded to the federal government's most renowned scientists and engineers for...
Researchers estimate there are only about 6,000 adult plants of Holmgren milkvetch existing within six populations, found only in Washington and Mohave counties in northern Arizona and southern Utah.
The Rocky Mountain Research Station's Missoula Fire Lab is offering it's annual free 2-day Fireworks Class for teachers, youth leaders, agency educators, communication specialists, and outdoor educators across the west. Find out how you can participate!

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